ERIC Number: ED415476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug-15
Reliability, Validity and Utility of a Multiple Intelligences Assessment for Career Planning.
Shearer, C. Branton
"The Multiple Intelligences Developmental Assessment Scales" (MIDAS) is a self- (or other-) completed instrument which is based upon the theory of multiple intelligences. The validity, reliability, and utility data regarding the MIDAS are reported here. The measure consists of 7 main scales and 24 subscales which summarize a person's intellectual disposition. It is appropriate for adolescents and adults and may be group administered via self-completion, or administered individually as a structured interview. The questions inquire about activities of everyday life that require cognitive ability, involvement, and judgment. This paper reviews the test's applications, its development, its reliability and validity, and its applicability in career exploration. Next, a study that involved 98 college students who were enrolled in career exploration classes is described. Results show that a strong majority of the students reported that the MIDAS Profile was beneficial and almost three-fourths of the students reported that they learned new information about their skills and abilities from the Profile. It is reported that the MIDAS provides information that is useful for increasing self-awareness especially regarding skills and abilities. The MIDAS possessed adequate reliability and validity as a self-report measure of a person's multiple intelligences disposition. Contains 16 references, a description of multiple intelligence scales, and 17 tables. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (105th, Chicago, IL, August 15-19, 1997).